So, you are trying to find full-time childcare for your 3 year old.
Here at RNH, we have a full-time program for three year olds. The full day classes are open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., 42 weeks from September – June. Parents who need summer care have the option of signing up for July/August. Parents choose what time they will pick up their child and are billed accordingly. We recognized that choosing a full-time care program takes time and thought. Parents want the program to be the best “fit” possible for their child, as he/she will be spending many hours there. We have compiled this short narrative:
“The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions of Prospective Parents.”
1. Does my child have to be toilet trained? Yes. RNH does not have diaper changing facilities.
2. Does my child have to nap? No. But (and this is the important part) he/she must be able to lie quietly on the cot until the other children do have a chance to fall to sleep. As soon as the class is settled, a child can look at books and listen to the soft music from his/her cot.
3. Will my child learn the ABC’s? Our primary goal for the “three” is to provide an environment that promotes social skills – learning to play, developing techniques for interacting with their peers and developing self-help skills. Read alouds, many opportunities for conversation and vocabulary are part of the daily routine. Through all of these opportunities, it has been our experience that many do recognize many of the letters and numbers by year-end.
4. Does the class go out everyday? YES! We are very fortunate to have lovely grounds and an enclosed play area. So, unless there are severe weather conditions, the class does go out for at least a few minutes each day. For this reason, children must come properly dressed – especially if it is cold, snowing or there is snow still on the ground.
5. Does my child bring lunch? Yes. We ask that families bring a nutritious, child-friendly lunch every day. We provide a light breakfast snack and an afternoon snack.
6. Are RNH’s teachers “real” teachers? Yes. All of our teachers are college graduates with specialization in early childhood. In addition, they must have passed the LAST teacher exam, and must be working toward permanent NYS certification.
7. Is this program licensed? Yes. All of our early childhood classes are licensed by the New York City Department of Health. We are also accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and registered with the NYS Department of Education.
8. Does my child go on trips? Children in the three’s class do not go on “class trips.” As the year moves along, they take neighborhood walks and go to the library (across the street).
9. What is the difference between the nursery and the full-time program? Primarily, the number of hours and months the children are here.
Our nursery programs provide care for 3 hours per day from September to June. Although the majority of our nursery parents work, their schedules or childcare situations are different and this set-up works for them.
10. Do I still have to pay if my child is absent? Yes. Although parents in our full-time program pay monthly, they must still look at the tuition as a yearly tuition. (We just break it down into monthly payments to make it more manageable.) You certainly may pick up your child earlier than you have designated! For example, if you are home for a day and want to pick your child up at 1p.m. we certainly encourage you to do so.
11. Is there any tuition assistance available for this class? Yes. RNH accepts childcare vouchers distributed by the Agency for Children’s Services (ACS). We also have our own “sliding scale” for income-eligible families.
For more information, please give us a call:
Kathy Powers, Early Childhood Coordinator
5521 Mosholu Avenue,
Bronx, New York, 10471
(718) -549-8100 ext. 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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